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  • Working in South Sudan is all about logistics. In other words, how you are going to get there, and how you are going to get back. Many an eager journalist (including myself) has caught a UN plane out to a remote part of village for a weekend visit only to find the Monday flight cancelled, and then the Wednesday flight, and then the Friday flight and so on..

    There is not much to say about this photograph. It's a Land Cruiser, the only car you can count on in Africa. It's on steep road, that probably has not seen a construction crew since the British left a few generations back. We have just spent about 3 hours driving and an hour walking to do an interview with a local chief and now are returning to the village of Boma. We probably covered 8 miles in the 8 hour trip. Boma is served by a weekly 2 hour flight from Juba, and the occasional WFP food caravan (which at this time was being held hostage by a well armed tribe nearby who wanted some of the aid for themselves.)

    It's hard to find a more remote place, but then remote is always relative. It's only a two day walk to the Ethiopian border.

    In places like South Sudan, the amount of time spent taking photographs and reporting is minimal, the amount of time spent in the back of a truck is maximised.

    But it's always worth it. For all the computing power that Google and the Internet has given journalists, there is no way to replace going there.
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